The Gus-class LCAC was a medium-sized assault hovercraft operated by the Soviet Navy from 1969 until the early 1990s.
|Type:||Landing Craft Air Cushion|
|Displacement:||27 long tons (27 t)|
|Length:||21.4 m (70 ft 3 in)|
|Beam:||7.8 m (25 ft 7 in)|
|Speed:||60 knots (110 km/h; 69 mph)|
|Troops:||25 assault troops with equipment|
The Gus class was a military version of the Soviet Skate class 50 passenger hovercraft, and was designed to transport infantry and light equipment. Between 1969 and 1974, 32 Gus-class assault hovercraft were constructed. They were deployed to all Soviet naval fleets except the Northern Fleet, and were used extensively along the Amur River border with China. Three Gus-class LCAC could be carried by the Ivan Rogov-class landing ship. They were replaced by the larger Tsaplya-class and Lebed-class LCAC and more recently the smaller Czilim-class hovercraft. All Gus-class hovercraft were believed scrapped in the early 1990s.
The Gus class was capable of carrying up to 25 assault troops and their equipment.